Avedon Capital Partners expands team with appointment of Willem van der Veer


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Apiary Capital appoints new Investment Manager

Apiary Capital


Apiary Capital is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica French as Investment Manager.

Jess joins Apiary from boutique investment bank, Financo, having previously spent eight years at PwC, primarily in Corporate Finance advisory.

Jess’s appointment follows the successful close of Apiary’s £200m maiden fund last year, and the subsequent completion of the G3 Comms, Connect and Bertram Nursery Group investments earlier this year.

Mark Salter, Managing Partner at Apiary Capital commented, “Jess’s addition provides depth and breadth to our investment capability and we are delighted to welcome her to the Apiary team.”

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n2 Biomedical Appoints Victor Nunes and Dean Schauer to Board of Directors

Bedford, MA – September 30, 2019: N2 Biomedical, a leading provider of proprietary surface treatment solutions and nanoscale coatings for implantable medical devices, today announced the appointments of Victor (“Vic”) Nunes and Dean Schauer to the Company’s Board of Directors. Nunes and Schauer join the Board following Ampersand Capital Partners’ majority recapitalization of the Company earlier this year. The transaction with Ampersand provided N2 Biomedical with an equity investment to fuel organic growth, expand the Company’s capabilities, and increase commercial sales efforts.

Mr. Nunes has over 25 years of medical device industry experience. He has served in a number of senior management and advisory roles in various medical device and life sciences companies, with a particular emphasis on orthopedics. Previous experience includes a variety of roles within DePuy Orthopedics, where he led integration of the $21 billion Synthes acquisition and assisted in the integration of DePuy Ace into Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Nunes also held Board positions at the Depuy Mitek and Codman Neuro divisions of J&J during his tenure as Senior Operations Executive. He has received advanced certifications from Duke University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Schauer has served as President and CEO of Ampersand portfolio company Confluent Medical Technologies since 2013, and also joined Ampersand as an Operating Partner in 2016. Prior to Confluent, Mr. Schauer held a variety of executive leadership roles at Accellent, and was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager of Accellent’s Cardiovascular Business. Prior roles at Accellent and its predecessors included EVP of Operations and Engineering, EVP of Sales and Marketing, and VP of Quality. Mr. Schauer holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from South Dakota Tech and is trained in Six Sigma methodology.

“Both Vic and Dean are proven, experienced executives within the medical device industry, and bring valuable insight to N2’s evolving growth strategy,” said Randall Sword, CEO of N2 Biomedical. “The additions to our Board come at an exciting time for N2 as we look to expand our service offering within medical end-markets. We welcome Vic and Dean’s experiences and guidance as we continue to build N2.”

About N2 Biomedical

Established in 2013, N2 provides coating and surface treatment development and application services for implantable and other medical devices utilized in orthopedic, cardiovascular, and other healthcare end-markets. N2 is ISO-13485 certified, FDA GMP-compliant, and operates in a 30,000 square foot facility with laboratory, manufacturing, and cleanroom space to service all customer and regulatory requirements. The company leverages its proprietary processes and equipment to provide customized solutions that enhance the characteristics of various materials in critical applications, including lubricity, infection resistance, biocompatibility and tissue integration, and wear and corrosion resistance. Additional information about N2 Biomedical is available at N2bio.com.

About Ampersand Capital Partners

Founded in 1988, Ampersand is a middle market private equity firm dedicated to growth-oriented investments in the healthcare sector. With offices in Boston, MA and Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ampersand leverages a unique blend of private equity and operating experience to build value and drive superior long-term performance alongside its portfolio company management teams. Ampersand has helped build numerous market-leading companies across each of its core healthcare sectors, including Avista Pharma Solutions, Brammer Bio, Confluent Medical, Genewiz, Genoptix, Talecris Biotherapeutics, and Viracor-IBT Laboratories. Additional information about Ampersand is available at ampersandcapital.com.

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Blackstone to Buy U.S. Logistics Assets from Colony Capital for $5.9 Billion


Acquisition will continue to expand Blackstone’s strategic presence in U.S. e-commerce logistics

Exit marks a significant step for Colony as it implements plan to focus on digital real estate and infrastructure

LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK & DALLAS–Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) (“Colony Capital,” or the “Company”) and Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX, an affiliate of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), announced today that they have entered into definitive agreements for Blackstone to acquire Colony Industrial, the industrial real estate assets and affiliated industrial operating platform of Colony Capital, for an aggregate purchase price of $5.9 billion.

The Colony Industrial last-mile light industrial portfolio represents the substantial majority of the total transaction and comprises approximately 60 million square feet of infill, logistics assets across 465 light industrial buildings in 26 U.S. markets, with significant concentration in Dallas, Atlanta, Florida, northern New Jersey, and California. The transaction also includes Colony’s 51% ownership interest in a 4 million square foot portfolio of bulk distribution assets and the affiliated operating platform which manages the properties of both portfolios. The aggregate net sales proceeds to Colony are expected to be in excess of $1.2 billion.

This transaction comprises one of the highest quality portfolios of last-mile logistics assets in the U.S. Colony Industrial was formed in December 2014 through Colony Capital’s acquisition of Cobalt Capital Partners, founded and led by Lewis D. Friedland. Since then, the portfolio has doubled in size and produced strong and consistent operating results.

Darren Tangen, President of Colony Capital, stated, “We appreciate Blackstone has recognized the value that we’ve created at Colony Industrial and they are the ideal steward to lead this business during the next phase of its growth. Lew Friedland and the Colony Industrial team have executed flawlessly, achieving and even surpassing the goals of our original investment thesis five years ago. This sale allows Colony to both achieve compelling returns for our investors and generate significant liquidity, which among other uses, will help accelerate our ongoing transition into digital real estate and infrastructure.”

Nadeem Meghji, Head of Real Estate Americas at Blackstone, stated, “This acquisition of high quality warehouses demonstrates our continued strong conviction in logistics and positive e-commerce trends. As retailers continue to shorten delivery times and expand their last mile footprints, we believe warehouses in dense population centers will continue to experience outsized demand growth.”

Lew Friedland, Managing Director, Head of Colony Industrial, commented, “Last-mile logistics real estate continues to become an increasingly critical component of the global supply chain. We are pleased to have generated strong returns for our investors implementing this strategy and the portfolio and platform are extremely well-positioned for the positive market environment and continued growing demand for last-mile logistics space.”

Each of the agreements is subject to customary closing conditions, including third party consent for the sale of the 51% interest in the bulk industrial portfolio, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher served as legal counsel, and Morgan Stanley and Eastdil Secured served as financial advisors, and CBRE National Partners served as real estate advisor to Colony Capital. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett served as legal counsel to Blackstone.

About Colony Industrial
Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Colony Industrial is the industrial platform of Colony Capital, Inc. Its portfolio comprises approximately 60 million square feet of owned, developed and under contract logistics warehouse properties in 26 markets across the United States. The portfolio’s diversified tenant base includes major national B2B, B2C, wholesale and consumer businesses. For more information, visit www.clny.com/industrial.

About Colony Capital
Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) is a leading global investment management firm with assets under management of $55 billion, which includes approximately $14 billion of assets under management from Digital Bridge, a leading global investment manager of digital infrastructure assets including cell towers, small cells, fiber and data centers. The Company manages capital on behalf of its stockholders, as well as institutional and retail investors in private funds, and traded and non-traded real estate investment trusts. The Company has significant holdings in: (a) the healthcare, industrial and hospitality property sectors; (b) Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc. (NYSE: CLNC) and NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE), which are both externally managed by subsidiaries of the Company; and (c) various other equity and debt investments. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with key offices in Boca Raton, New York, Paris and London, and has over 450 employees across 21 locations in 13 countries as a result of the business combination with Digital Bridge. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clny.com.

About Blackstone Real Estate
Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has $154 billion of investor capital under management. Blackstone is one of the largest property owners in the world, owning and operating assets across every major geography and sector, including logistics, multifamily and single family housing, office, hospitality and retail. Our opportunistic funds seek to acquire undermanaged, well-located assets across the world. Blackstone’s Core+ strategy invests in substantially stabilized real estate globally through regional open-ended funds focused on high-quality assets, and Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (BREIT), a non-listed REIT that invests in U.S. income-generating assets. Blackstone Real Estate also operates one of the leading global real estate debt businesses, providing comprehensive financing solutions across the capital structure and risk spectrum, including management of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (NYSE: BXMT).

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” or “potential” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases which are predictions of or indicate future events or trends and which do not relate solely to historical matters. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control, and may cause actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Factors that might cause such a difference include, without limitation, whether the Company will complete the sale of the industrial platform within the timeframe anticipated or at all, including the Company’s ability to obtain any necessary consents for the bulk transaction, the Company’s strategic plans, and portfolio mix, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). All forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance. Additional information about these and other factors can be found in Colony Capital’s reports filed from time to time with the SEC.

Colony Capital cautions investors not to unduly rely on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Colony Capital is under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, nor to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations, and Colony Capital does not intend to do so.


Colony Capital: 
Investor Contact:
Lasse Glassen
Addo Investor Relations

Media Contact:
Blicksilver Public Relations
Lisa Baker

Jennifer Friedman
Tel: (212) 583-5122

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Blackstone completes the acquisition of €1 billion majority stake in Luminor


Luminor announced today the acquisition of a 60% majority stake in the bank by a consortium led by private equity funds managed by Blackstone. The bank’s current owners, Nordea Bank Abp (“Nordea”) and DNB BANK ASA (“DNB”), will each retain a 20% equity stake in Luminor.

The consortium, which includes a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (“ADIA”), as well as other co-investors, has now completed the transaction having received the relevant approvals.

Nordea and DNB will continue to support the bank with long-term funding, expertise and on-going representation on the Board of Directors. Blackstone has agreed with Nordea to purchase their remaining 20% stake over the coming years.

Blackstone was uniquely positioned to manage this complex acquisition, and is well-placed to support Luminor and the wider Baltic economy going forward.

Nadim El Gabbani, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, said: “We are excited by the long-term partnership with management, Nordea and DNB and look forward to working together to create a stronger platform to further economic growth in the Baltics. We will continue to support local businesses and strongly believe that Luminor is well-positioned to continue to lead the market as an independent provider of financial services.”

Nils Melngailis, Chairman of the Supervisory Council of Luminor, said: “The Baltics benefit from a strong macroeconomic climate and a stable operating environment, and are among the most dynamic economies in the European Union. This transaction represents one of the largest investments in Baltic history and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the regulators in the approval process and our teams in completing the transaction. I look forward to our strategic partnership with Blackstone.”

Erkki Raasuke, CEO of Luminor, said: “Blackstone is an ideal partner for Luminor as it undertakes one of the most extensive corporate transformations in the Baltics. Their demonstrable track record in transformations, strong financial standing and network of global talent will support Luminor in growing as the largest local independent bank; a bank which will be dedicated to supporting sustainable growth of the Baltic region by providing long-term commitment to businesses and individuals.”

For more information, please contact:

Ramesh Chhabra
+44 (20) 7451 4053

Ivi Heldna
+372 52 31 192

About Luminor
Luminor was established as an independent Baltic bank in autumn 2017, built on the Baltic businesses of Nordea and DNB and combining the experience and knowledge from the Nordic countries. We are the third-largest provider of financial services in the Baltics, with approximately 1 million clients, 2,500 employees, and a market share of 16.4% in deposits and 20.2% in lending as at the end of the second quarter of 2019. Total shareholders’ equity amounts to €1.6 billion and Luminor is capitalised with a CET1 ratio of 18%. On 13 September 2018, Moody’s assigned Luminor long and short-term, foreign and local currency deposit ratings of Baa1/Prime-2.

About Blackstone
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies in which we invest, and the communities in which we work.  We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our asset management businesses, with $545 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis.  Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.  Follow Blackstone on twitter @Blackstone.

About ADIA 
Established in 1976, ADIA is a globally-diversified investment institution that prudently invests funds on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi through a strategy focused on long-term value creation.  ADIA has invested in private equity since 1989 and has built a significant internal team of specialists with experience across asset products, geographies and sectors. Through its extensive relationships across the industry, the Private Equities Department invests in private equity and credit products globally, often alongside external partners, and through externally managed primary and secondary funds. Its philosophy is to build long-term, collaborative relationships with its partners and company management teams to maximize value and support the implementation of agreed strategies. For more information: https://www.adia.ae

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Blackstone Closes Acquisition of Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform


Vungle promotes Jeremy Bondy to Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK–Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that private equity funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) have completed the previously announced acquisition of Vungle, a leading performance marketing platform for in-app video advertisements on mobile devices.

Vungle is trusted by publishers of more than 60,000 mobile apps worldwide, including top brands such as Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely, among others. The company serves more than 4 billion video views per month over a billion unique devices, and is consistently ranked #1 for cross-platform user retention by industry mobile performance indexes. Vungle is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in London, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.

The acquisition brings together Vungle’s leading performance marketing platform for in-app advertising with Blackstone’s demonstrated success in partnering with category leaders to support and accelerate their growth.

“Vungle’s rich expertise in the high-growth, in-app performance advertising market and strong focus on the mobile experience position the company well for continued success,” said Sachin Bavishi, Principal at Blackstone. “We are excited to support Vungle as it continues to expand its platform capabilities and enter new markets to better serve advertisers and publishers.”

Martin Brand, a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, said: “We are pleased to complete this transaction, and look forward to investing in Vungle and pursuing a business plan focused on accelerating growth.”

Rick Tallman, CEO of Vungle, said: “We are delighted to join the Blackstone portfolio of companies and kick off the next chapter of Vungle’s story. With Blackstone’s resources and expertise, we will build upon our proven track record as a trusted guide for mobile growth and engagement for the world’s largest brands.”

Concurrent with the completion of the transaction, Vungle is promoting Jeremy Bondy to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. He will continue to oversee global revenue and Vungle Creative Labs, while ensuring operational excellence across the business.

“Jeremy is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results,” added Rick Tallman. “Jeremy’s sales and operational leadership have been instrumental to our rapid, profitable growth over the past five years. I look forward to working closely with him in his new role as we continue to expand our company and better serve our customers.”

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Vungle and Guggenheim Securities, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Blackstone on the transaction. DLA Piper LLP (US) is serving as legal advisor to Vungle and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal advisor to Blackstone.

About Blackstone
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies in which we invest, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our businesses, with $545 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on twitter @Blackstone.

About Vungle
Vungle is the trusted guide for growth and engagement, transforming how people discover and experience apps. Mobile application developers partner with Vungle to monetize their apps through innovative in-app ad experiences that are inspired by insight and crafted with creativity. Advertisers depend on Vungle to reach, acquire, and retain high-value users worldwide. Vungle develops tools that include data-led buying and UX recommendations, ad format innovation, creative automation, and more. Vungle’s data-optimized ads run on over 1 billion unique devices to drive engagement and increase returns for publishers and advertisers ranging from indie studios to powerhouse brands, including Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices around the world in London, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore. For more information, visit www.vungle.com or follow the company on Twitter @Vungle

Matt Anderson

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Francisco Partners to Acquire Orchard Software

Franciso Partners

Acquisition positions company to focus on growth opportunities

SAN FRANCISCO – Francisco Partners (“FP”), a leading technology-focused private equity firm, today announced its intent to acquire Orchard Software Corporation (“Orchard”), a privately owned company specializing in developing and supporting award-winning Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) that enhance clinical and pathology laboratory workflow, as well as support laboratory outreach and point-of-care testing (POCT).

“We look forward to the partnership with the FP team and are excited about fueling what has made Orchard successful with additional expertise and capital to accelerate our growth and continue to bring innovation to our customers”, said Rob Bush, Founder and CEO. As part of the transaction, Billie Whitehurst, will succeed Bush as CEO. Whitehurst has more than 20 years of experience leading high growth health information technology businesses, most recently serving as Senior Vice President at Netsmart. Prior to that, Whitehurst held senior roles at Change Healthcare and McKesson.

“Francisco Partners’ deep experience in healthcare technology and proven track record in nurturing and growing technology businesses will enable Orchard Software’s loyal base of employees to continue delivering market leading solutions and new innovations,” said Whitehurst.

Orchard specializes in seamless integration, advanced rules-based decision support, and data analytics. Their strength comes from developing collaborative partnerships with clients to deliver the very best solutions on the market. Orchard has been a leader in KLAS rankings since 2002 and remains the top LIS in the community and ambulatory laboratory markets. For the eighth year in a row and ninth time overall since 2009, Orchard Software was named to the Indianapolis Star’s Top Workplaces list for 2019.

“Orchard has been the pioneer in the LIS industry, developing market-leading products and maintaining strong, long-standing customer relationships,” said Jonathan Murphy of Francisco Partners. “They are well positioned to continue to drive product innovation in the LIS market, and we are excited about the opportunity in POCT and partnering with the team to accelerate the company to new levels of growth and impact for laboratorians across the US.”

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati served as legal advisor to Francisco Partners. Brentwood Capital Advisors served as financial advisor to Orchard Software and Bose McKinney & Evans LLP served as legal advisor.

About Orchard Software Corporation

Orchard Software Corporation, founded in 1993, is a leader in the laboratory information system industry and offers a variety of laboratory system solutions. Orchard’s products are installed in all sizes of multi-site and multi-specialty physician groups and clinics, hospitals, independent reference labs, student health centers, veterinary labs, and public health organizations. Orchard serves more than 1,500 laboratories across the country, helping them improve efficiency, reduce errors, and enhance integration. For more information on Orchard Software Corporation, visit www.orchardsoft.com.

About Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $14 billion in capital and invested in more than 200 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit www.franciscopartners.com.

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The Carlyle Group Names Matt Anderson Chief Digital Officer and Stefan Grunwald Chief Procurement Officer


WASHINGTON Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has appointed two executives focused on driving value across its global portfolio. Matt Anderson, former President and Chief Digital Officer at Arrow Electronics, has been named Carlyle’s first Chief Digital Officer, and Stefan Grunwald, former Senior Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Cardinal Health, has been named Carlyle’s Chief Procurement Officer, effective today.

Both executives will deliver strategic and operational support to Carlyle’s portfolio companies and investment teams, working with the firm’s investment professionals and advisors including its Operating Executive and Senior Advisor consultants.

Anderson will develop and implement digital transformation strategies to help the firms in which Carlyle has invested grow and assist Carlyle’s investment teams in finding such opportunities during the diligence process. He will identify and execute new strategies in digital, data and analytics and other technologies, build an ecosystem of experts and suppliers, and play a leading role in CEO mentorship.

Grunwald will serve as the procurement and supply chain specialist for Carlyle’s portfolio and collaborate with management teams to identify and implement procurement and supply chain efficiency improvements. In addition, he will work with Carlyle’s investment teams to uncover procurement opportunities during due diligence.

Peter J. Clare, Co-Chief Investment Officer at The Carlyle Group, said, “The addition of Matt and Stefan to the Carlyle team underscores our commitment to creating value through operational improvement and to providing management teams with unrivaled tools and resources to grow.”

Clare continued, “With a proven track record of identifying and growing digital business opportunities, Matt is the right choice to help us find new, technology-driven ways to create near- and long-term impact. Stefan, an accomplished executive with 30 years of experience, will play an important role in helping our companies uncover value creation opportunities across their supply chains.”

Anderson said, “Carlyle’s growth-oriented investment approach is zeroing in on digital tools and resources as an important differentiator for its companies to unlock value, efficiencies and new business models. I look forward to partnering with some of the world’s most talented management teams, and to being part of the value-add that Carlyle brings to its investments.”

Grunwald said, “I am delighted to join Carlyle’s collaborative team and look forward to working closely with colleagues across the globe to facilitate procurement capabilities that generate positive results.”

Anderson, based in New York, brings a wealth of experience in both advising on and delivering digital transformations across a range of industries. Prior to Carlyle, he led the expansion of electronic components and computer products maker Arrow Electronics’ digital business. He led Arrow’s innovative partnership with Indiegogo, its expansion into cloud technology distribution, and launched an “on demand” engineering platform for high-tech design in the B2B space. Prior to Arrow, he led Booz & Co’s eCommerce and digitization practice and developed its digital transformation agency model before developing a digital business at UK-based yellow page and internet services company Hibu, formerly Yell Group. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Grunwald, based in Washington, D.C., brings a strong background leading enterprise-wide procurement transformations and managing teams from diverse functional and cultural backgrounds. Prior to Carlyle, he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at healthcare services company Cardinal Health where he was accountable for Cardinal’s $10 billion Medical Device spend. Prior to that, he spent 19 years at Whirlpool Corporation in various leadership roles during which he managed teams in China, Brazil, Sweden and Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University.

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About The Carlyle Group
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $223 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2019, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,775 people in 33 offices across six continents.

Christa Zipf
+1 (212) 813-4578

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Consortium of PAI and Charles Jobson aquire 96.81% of Wessanen shares-

PAI Partners

This is a joint press release by PAI Partners SAS (“PAI”) and various entities (indirectly) controlled by or affiliated to Charles Jobson and/or his family members (“Charles Jobson”), acting jointly through Best of Nature Bidco B.V. (“Bidco”, and together with PAI and Charles Jobson, the “Consortium” or the “Offeror”), and Koninklijke Wessanen N.V. (“Wessanen” or the “Company”), pursuant to the provisions of Section 4 paragraph 3 and Section 17 paragraph 4 of the Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit openbare biedingen Wft) (the “Decree”) in connection with the recommended public offer by the Offeror for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of Wessanen (the “Offer”). This announcement does not constitute an offer, or any solicitation of any offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities in Wessanen. Any offer will be made only by means of the offer memorandum dated 11 July 2019 (the “Offer Memorandum”) approved by the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Stichting Autoriteit Financiële Markten) (the “AFM”) and subject to the restrictions set forth therein. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning given thereto in the Offer Memorandum.

Paris, France / Boston Massachusetts, the U.S. / Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 30 September 2019

With reference to the joint press releases dated 10 April, 8 May, 11 July, 6 September, 10 September, 17 September, 23 September, 24 September and 25 September 2019 and the Offer Memorandum, the Consortium and Wessanen jointly announce that, with settlement of the Shares tendered during the Post Acceptance Period today, the Offeror holds 74,668,704 Shares, representing in aggregate approximately 96.81% of the total number of Shares.

Transaction highlights

  • Consortium has acquired 96.81% of the Shares
  • Delisting of Shares on Euronext Amsterdam expected to occur on 1 November 2019
  • Squeeze-Out procedure will start as soon as possible


The Offeror has acquired 3,790,589 Shares[1], representing approximately 4.91% of the Shares, against payment of an offer price of EUR 11.36 (cum dividend) in cash per Share (the “Offer Price”) in respect of each Share validly tendered (or defectively tendered provided that such defect has been waived by the Offeror) during the Post Acceptance Period.

Together with the Shares acquired by the Offeror following Settlement of the Shares tendered during the Offer Period and the additional share market purchases, the Offeror will hold 74,668,704 Shares, representing in aggregate approximately 96.81% of the total number of Shares.

[1] Since the press release dated 25 September 2019, the Offeror has received additional acceptances in the amount of 58,425 Shares which it accepted as defective tenders.


In connection with the Offeror holding more than 95% of the Shares, the Offeror and Wessanen have requested the delisting of the Shares from Euronext Amsterdam. Subject to Euronext Amsterdam approval, delisting is expected to occur on 1 November 2019 and accordingly the last trading day of the Shares would be 31 October 2019. This may adversely affect the liquidity and market value of any Shares not tendered. Reference is made to Section 5.11 (Consequences of the Offer) of the Offer Memorandum.

Squeeze-Out procedure

Additionally, as the Offeror now holds more than 95% of the Shares, the Offeror will initiate a Squeeze-Out procedure as soon as possible. Reference is made to Section 5.11.4 (Squeeze-Out) of the Offer Memorandum.

Finally, in connection with these developments, Wessanen has stopped publishing quarterly trading updates.


Announcements in relation to the Offer will be issued by press release and will be available on the website of PAI Partners on behalf of the Offeror (www.paipartners.com) as well as on the corporate website of Wessanen (www.wessanen.com).

Subject to any applicable legal requirements and without limiting the manner in which the Offeror may choose to make any public announcement, the Offeror will have no obligation to communicate any public announcement other than as described above.

Further information

This announcement contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and does not replace the Offer Memorandum and/or the Position Statement. The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is contained in the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.

Digital copies of the Offer Memorandum can be obtained through the websites of Wessanen (www.wessanen.com) and PAI Partners (www.paipartners.com). Copies of the Offer Memorandum are also available free of charge at the offices of Wessanen and the Exchange Agent at the addresses mentioned below. Digital copies of the Position Paper can be obtained through the websites of Wessanen (www.wessanen.com).

For more information, please contact:

Press enquiries for the Consortium
CFF Communications
Presthaya Fixter
T: +31 (0)6 2959 7748
E: presthaya.fixter@cffcommunications.nl

Press enquiries for Wessanen
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Ingo Heijnen
T: +31 (0)6 5586 7904
E: ingo.heijnen@hkstrategies.com

Settlement Agent
Global Markets I Corporate Broking
Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, (1000 EA) Amsterdam, the Netherlands
T: +31 (0)20 344 2000
E: corporate.broking@nl.abnamro.com

Koninklijke Wessanen N.V.
Hoogoorddreef 5 Atlas Arena, (1101 BA)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

About PAI Partners

PAI Partners is a leading European private equity firm with offices in Paris, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York and Stockholm. PAI Partners manages EUR 13.4 billion of dedicated buyout funds. Since 1994, the company has completed 71 transactions in 11 countries, representing over EUR 50 billion in transaction value. PAI Partners is characterised by its industrial approach to ownership combined with its sector-based organisation. PAI Partners provides the companies it owns with the financial and strategic support required to pursue their development and enhance strategic value creation.

About Charles Jobson

Charles Jobson, CFA, has been a director at Good Times Restaurants Inc. (listed on NASDAQ) since May 24, 2018. He co-founded Delta Partners, LLC in 1999 and serves as its portfolio manager. Charles Jobson has been a long-term shareholder of Wessanen since 2009. Charles Jobson has shown strong support for the current management of Wessanen and believes in the current strategy. He would like to continue investing in the business to unlock its further potential as a growth company.

About Koninklijke Wessanen

Koninklijke Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. In 2018, revenue was EUR 628 million, and the company employed on average 1,350 people. With its purpose ‘connect to nature’ Wessanen focuses on organic, vegetarian, fair trade and nutritionally beneficial products. The family of companies is committed to driving positive change in food in Europe. Wessanen’s own brands include many pioneers and market leaders: Allos, Alter Eco, Bjorg, Bonneterre, Clipper, Destination, El Granero, Isola Bio, Kallø, Mrs Crimble’s, Tartex, Whole Earth and Zonnatura.

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EQT acquires inexio, a leading provider of fiber-optic internet access in Germany


  • EQT Infrastructure acquires inexio, one of the fastest growing providers of high-speed internet to retail customers and businesses in rural Germany
  • inexio owns and operates a high-capacity fiber-optic network and is committed to provide fiber connectivity to 2 million rural and suburban households by 2030
  • As the leading fiber infrastructure investor world-wide, EQT Infrastructure is uniquely positioned to support inexio and its founder-led management team in accelerating growth

The EQT Infrastructure IV fund (“EQT” or “EQT Infrastructure”) today announced that it has agreed to acquire inexio Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KGaA (”inexio” or “the Company”) from Warburg Pincus, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, the founders and several minority investors.

inexio was founded by David Zimmer in 2007 and has since the start invested heavily in fiber infrastructure in rural and small-town communities in Germany, predominantly in the Southwestern and Southern parts. Today, the Company provides high-speed internet access to more than 300,000 households and 6,000 businesses. inexio’s unique and scalable network, consisting of more than 10,000 kilometers of fiber-optic infrastructure, provides a strong platform for continued growth.

Looking ahead, the founder-led management team of inexio plans to continue the rapid growth of the Company by pursuing a large-scale deployment of fiber-to-the-home (“FTTH”) internet access in rural Germany. FTTH is the fastest, most reliable and future-proof internet connectivity solution available and the only technology that will be able to handle the rapidly growing internet bandwidth demands of the future.

Germany is one of the most attractive growth markets for fiber in Europe as the penetration rates are significantly lower than in other countries, such as Sweden or the Netherlands. To capitalize on this market opportunity, inexio is committed to providing FTTH connectivity to 2 million rural and suburban German households by 2030. This represents a significant share of the German government’s plan to provide universal Gigabit internet access.

David Zimmer, Founder and Chief Executive of inexio, said: “We are excited to welcome EQT as our new partner for the next chapter of inexio’s development. EQT convinced us from the outset with their hands-on industrial approach and their significant experience from other successful fiber rollouts in Europe. Together, we will be able to accelerate inexio’s growth by bringing modern and reliable fiber-optic infrastructure to two million German households. inexio is a ‘must have’ for companies and private households in a modern digitalized world.”

Matthias Fackler, Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted about the opportunity to invest in inexio. We are impressed by the growth the team around David Zimmer has achieved over the past ten years. The strong need for fiber-based Gigabit internet access in Germany will require substantial investments over the coming years. EQT, as one of the leading fiber investors world-wide, is fully committed to supporting inexio and its management team to embark on this exciting journey while also contributing to making Germany a more digital and connected society.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2019, subject to regulatory approvals. Clifford Chance acted as legal advisor to EQT.

With this transaction, EQT Infrastructure IV is expected to be 50-55 percent invested (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication).

Matthias Fackler, Partner at EQT Partners, Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure IV, +49 89 25 54 99 0
EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia and the US with total sales of more than EUR 21 billion and approximately 127,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

EQT Infrastructure owns multiple leading providers of Gigabit fiber infrastructure across Europe, including Delta Fiber (Netherlands), IP-Only (Sweden) and Global Connect (Denmark/Norway).

More info: www.eqtgroup.com
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About inexio
inexio is a fast-growing provider of fiber optic internet connections for retail and business customers in Germany. In the retail customer segment, growth is driven by rising data volumes and the growing use of video streaming, whilst in the business segment, fiber optic connections for small and medium-sized businesses are the key driver of growth. Just over a decade after its establishment, inexio has reached a market-leading position in rural and small-town communities in Southwest and Southern Germany, providing internet access to more than 300,000 households.

More info: www.inexio.net

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